Thursday, May 18, 2006

Photos as a status symbol

Expats who have been through the Indonesian work visa process will be aware of the particular requirement that ID photos required for visas, transmigration booklets and police identity cards must have a red background. Best of luck finding a passport photo outlet in your home country that has a red background on the premises. And, you'll need to provide numerous copies of these red-background photos in three different sizes (and visit and sit around sundry government offices for a day) in order to have all your paperwork processed.

Today I encountered another photo-related quirk that gave me a chuckle. When signing up as a member at a golf club, a colleague and I were instructed by the golf club to provide a passport photo for our membership card, which, because the card is gold, must have (you guessed it) ..... a GOLD background. Heaven forbid if my gold membership card had a red-background photo on it.

I'm sure if I ask someone at the golf club, they will be able to refer me to a nearby business (presumably a relative of a senior manager at the golf club) that specializes in passport photos with gold backgrounds.


Blogger treespotter said...


i don't read your blog everyday, but everytime i dropped by, it's about golf.

who's the current surviving member of your caddy's family? i wasn't catching up properly with that story in a while.

4:01 AM  
Blogger The Editor said...

My blog's mainly about light hearted day to day observations, since bloggers such as Indcoup and Jakartass have the political analysis covered.

As for my caddy, I've recently joined a different course, which means he'll be able to invent a whole new cast of family members and financial predicaments for the next bule he caddies for.

6:38 AM  
Blogger treespotter said...

which makes it more fun. indcoup needs a holiday or some rounds of golf. i think.
i hope your next caddy is well.

8:48 AM  
Blogger Jakartass said...

Hey, I need a holiday too.

And please do write more frequently, Mr. Editor.

6:49 AM  
Blogger spew-it-all said...

This is really true. I am uncertain how to trace back this obsession of red-background in photograph. It is perhaps photo studios, which unintentionally put a red fabric as the background in their studio. But it is funny to know if then it becomes such 'rule' for processing documents. Gold background? Thats hillarious!

10:39 AM  

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